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Yellow-eared Bulbul

Pycnonotus penicillatus


The Yellow-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is an endemic resident breeder in the highlands of Sri Lanka. This is a bird of jungle and wooded farmland. Despite its restricted range, it is quite readily found at sites such as Horton Plains and Victoria Park in Nuwara Eliya. It builds its nest in a bush; two eggs is a typical clutch. The Yellow-eared Bulbul is about 20 cm (7 inches) in length, with a long tail. It has olive upperparts and yellowish underparts. The crown of the head is grey, and there are yellow ear tufts and a yellow patch below the eye. There is a white tuft in front of the eye and the throat is also white. Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. Yellow-eared Bulbuls feed on fruit and insects.


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Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jan 12, 2013
Submitted on Jan 12, 2013

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